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Health Officer finds hospital kitchen unhealthy

Srinagar, May 9: Consuming anything at this Government Medical College, Srinagar run hospital canteen could have left you ailing. Reasons: City’s Health Officer has found its kitchen unhygienic.

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During an inspection Thursday the Srinagar Municipal Corporation(SMC)  Health Officer Dr Rubeena Shaheen found the kitchen of SMHS Hospital canteen in unhealthy conditions even as she slapped a fine on the accused.
“Fine was also imposed and recovered from SMHS canteen on finding its kitchen in ill sanitary conditions,” an official handout from the SMC said.“The Health Officer along with her team of food Safety Task Force inspected various food outlets, restaurants,  confectionaries  in Karan Nagar and its adjoining areas including GMC and the associated hospitals. All these food establishments were inspected thoroughly and  some of the prominent food establishments were put to inclusive food audit by using various testers and food gadgets for quality check and  for  lifting of variety of samples,” the handout said.
Dr Rubeena accompanied by the Municipal Magistrate  instructed the food outlets to “maintain up to the mark sanitation and all the food handlers were directed to  necessarily wear proper uniform with hand gloves and head gears while preparing food items.”
The SMC Commissioner Dr GN Qasba  has directed the Health Officer “not to spare any such violators/offenders  who are found selling substandard,  stale or expiry food stuff.”
“All such violators  shall be fined and   prosecuted   as per the FSSAI,” he added.
Dr Qasba said the market inspection would be routine affair and that the inspections would be extended to school canteens, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, private institutions and Dhabas etc.
“The HO shall conduct food safety audit at-least twice a week and the report will be significantly made public,” Dr Qasba added.

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